Instructions for Sterling Precision Slide Rule

ID number 1988.0807.01 was received with this flyer, which is marked on the front: STERLING SLIDE RULE A QUALITY INSTRUMENT FOR (/) STUDENT OR PROFESSIONAL (/) OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (/) A complete course in use and operation of slide rule [sic]. The instructions cover multiplication and division, the CI scale (which is called the C1 scale), squares (the A and B scales) and square roots, and the K, L, S, and T scales. The back of the flyer is marked: STERLING PLASTICS CO. (/) MANUFACTURERS OF QUALITY SCHOOL SUPPLIES (/) 1140 Commerce Avenue, Union, New Jersey. The company logo (the letters SP inside a clear circle that is in turn inside a square formed of horizontal lines) is to the left of the mark. Sterling Plastics, whose main factory was in Mountainside, N.J., sold a variety of inexpensive plastic slide rules for students in the 1960s and 1970s.
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date made
Sterling Plastics
place made
United States: New Jersey, Mountainside
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 28.5 cm x 19 cm; 11 7/32 in x 7 15/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of George A. Norton
Rule, Calculating
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Slide Rules
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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